Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor

It's official. President Obama is a pragmatist. Thank god!

First, Ms. Sotomayor is female and Hispanic. The Court is not well represented in these areas. Even a jury has to be made up of ones peers. Call it Affirmative Action or call it pandering, Obama knows what he's doing.

Second, Judge Sotomayor is a moderate. I think many hard line liberals expected Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court to be more of an activist in the areas of abortion and gay rights. Let me say it is unclear how Ms. Sotomayor would rule in these areas, but her other rulings have tended to the strict adherence to judicial precedent. In other words, privacy rights are safe and gay rights are still in question.

Third, Obama's pick will make Republicans eat crow (just like David Souter did for Dems). Based on the Judge's overarching judicial philosophy, she will probably come down on the side of moderates and conservatives just as often if not more so than the liberals. In other words, Obama's pick will move the Court to the "Right."

Lastly, Ms. Sotomayor is helping to bring out the far right's fear of women and Hispanics. Watching Tom Tancredo, Rush Limbaugh, and Pat Buchanan squirm at the thought of a bilingual Justice on the Supreme Court made my week.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Why I'm A Socialist

A. Socialism is the rule NOT the exception
B. Government taking care of problems is better than government ignoring problems.
C. It just sounds fun.
D. I'm not a fascist.

Why I'm A Libertarian

A. People left to their own devices will evolve.
B. I trust my judgment over anyone in public life.
C. Guns don't kill people, bullets kill people.
D. I'm fond of speaking my mind.

Why I'm A Democrat

A. It's the only party left.
B. They've always accepted me as I am.
C. Better picnics than Republicans.
D. Probably some genetic defect.

Why I'm A Pragmatist

A. What a stupid, useless question.

Why I'm A Male Chauvinist

A. If you have to ask, you must be a woman.
B. I'm married.
C. I have two daughters.
D. I'm male.

Why I'm A Secular Progressive

A. Religion is divisive and frankly hurtful.
B. I believe in Freedom.
C. The only way to ensure free religion is to remove it from the public arena.
D. I just like pissing off Bill O'Reilly.


A. 52

DL out.